Phoenix Belly Dance is a multi-award-winning entertainment company and dance troupe based in Auckland, New Zealand. We love sharing the art of Middle Eastern dance through our classes, workshops, and performances that fuse contemporary concepts with the traditional roots of belly dance. Candice Frankland, the Director, founded the company in 2010, and has been working hard at growing the community and elevating belly dance in New Zealand as a serious dance form through extraordinary performances, theatre shows, collaborative projects, hosting international teachers and the annual Weekend Belly Dance Retreat. We offer a whole range of options to anyone interested in dance fitness, cultural learning through music and movement, and outstanding performances.
Our vision for classes and workshops is to develop and encourage participation by people of all walks of life to take part in the art of belly dance by providing regular classes, workshops, and performance opportunities. The relationships developed within the belly dance community, which include students of all ages and abilities, families, performers and teachers, are a vital influence on the success of this growing art form, and are life-changing for those who experience these bonds of friendship. Therefore, our mission is to promote a fun learning environment and supportive performance demonstrations, with pride, passion, and elegance.
Candice Frankland is the founder and director of Phoenix Belly Dance, a multi-award winning dance company and home to some of New Zealand's most sought after performers and teachers. She received the Tarazade Festival’s Trained by the Stars Award in Turkey in 2012, was winner of the Bellydance Evolution International Casting Competition 2014 (LA/Sydney) and performed and taught at the Tarazade festival in Istanbul in 2015.
Candice first began her Middle Eastern dance training in South Africa, and soon discovered she had a natural aptitude for the movements. She quickly rose in the ranks to become a teacher, performer and choreographer under Angela Anzilotti of Belly Dance Goddess, and learned from masters such as Tamalyn Dallal, Ajsa Samia and Rania Bossonis.
It's one of Candice's most closely held beliefs that belly dance has benefits for everyone, both psychological and physical. The multiple layers and genres of belly dancing allow students to explore and find the styles they are most comfortable with, ones which make them feel beautiful and powerful.